Metabolism is the way our body takes in and uses energy to keep us alive. Our bodies are incredible and they slow down and speed up as needed based on our environment. So how can you signal to your body that food is plentiful, times are good and you are ready to speed up and burn fat?

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Eat healthy fats: Add olive oil to your salads to communicate that you have access to great energy so it is okay to burn those love handles off. Check out 5 Healthy Fatty Foods to Boost Weight Loss.

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Sleep 8 hours: Sleep rests the body so that your body can perform to its best all day long. Sleep deprivation signals your metabolism to slow down and use less energy since there is less time to rest and repair later. Plus, sleep deprivation causes many to binge later in the day. Sleeping your way to slim is a real thing, trust us!

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Eat small meals every 3-4 hours: This is another way to build up your body’s confidence that food is plentiful and you can burn baby burn. For more information, read Eat More to Lose Weight? Yes, You Heard That Right!

Avoid restrictive diets: Avoid diets that are under 1350-1500 calories a day for women depending on height. This tells your body that there is a famine and it needs to slow down and save your life by saving your fat.

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Drink 2-3 liters of water a day: According to webmd, after drinking 17 oz of water, metabolism speeds up 30% within 10 minutes and reaches a maximum boost after 30-40 minutes. So, it’s crucial to drink throughout the day to keep your internal engine humming.

The race to speedup metabolism is really about working with your body and understating that everything it does, is in your best interest, from storing fat to burning it. Everything you do and eat is a message to your body. Want a different result? Change the message.

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